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 Volume 8, Issue 10
March 6, 2013
Sequestration Is Here. What Is the Impact?
Well, sequestration is finally here, despite a might attempt by Americans to urge Congress to avoid it. In a new Together blog, Generations United's Jaia Lent Peterson explains what we can expect will happen.

Share Our Strength Issues Powerful New Infographic on School Breakfast
Share Our Strength notes that a recently released analysis shows that increasing school breakfast participation has the potential to improve test scores, improve a child's attendance and increase graduation rates nationwide. SOS's new infographic, Breakfast Changes Lives, dramatically illustrates the case for keeping school breakfast. Share the infographic.
New Portal to Access Healthy Food

PolicyLink, The Food Trust, and The Reinvestment Fund introduce their new Healthy Food Access Portal, a clearinghouse of information that aggregates content from many organizations and websites in order to present a single, coordinated information source for users.

The new portal connects community leaders, healthy food retailers, policymakers, and advocates to an extensive array of resources, strategies, and ideas to improve and increase access to healthy food retail-from grocery stores to corner stores, farmers' markets, and mobile produce trucks-in underserved communities.    

The portal's purpose and resources will be discussed in greater detail during the project's first webinar, Knowing the Basics: Food Access 101, which will take place Wed., March 6 at 1:30pm ET. Register for the webinar. 

New Book on Grandmother Power
Paola Gianturco has authored a new book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, which documents an unheralded grandmothers' movement that is changing the world. This compelling new book profiles activist grandmothers in 15 countries on five continents who tell their stories in their own words.

 

Use the App -- Get a Bigger Return
The EITC Finder, a handy app for smart phones and other mobile devices, was developed by the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation to help lower and moderate income working Americans easily determine whether they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit that can put hundreds, even several thousand, dollars back in the pockets of young adults, college students, and grandfamilies. Empower your clients; introduce them to the EITC Finder. Learn more.

Get the Latest on Generations United's  

17th International Conference!

Nominate a Deserving Individual or Program for an Award. Among the awards we'll be presenting are:

Generations United Shared Site Award honors organization that have made outstanding contributions to uniting the generations through intergenerational shared sites.
Generations United Grandfamilies Award honors a professional, a relative caregiver or an organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of grandparents and other relatives raising children.
Share Your Story. Stories educate us, connect us and enrapture us.  Join us this summer to tell your story and hear others.  Featured at the Generations United Conference will be Judith Viorst, an author of many children's books, and adult literature as Matthew Ross Smith, founder of Spaces Between Your Fingers.  Be a part of it; register today.
ICAA Rebooted its Website...and Invites You to Take a Tour!
The new ICAA site is extremely easy to use and offers 300 videos; 1,500 research studies; 1,200 articles; 80 handouts; 12 PowerPoint presentations, plus much, much more, ICAA's resource-rich site is your 24/7 source for all things active aging. Take a tour of the new website
with ICAA CEO Colin Milner this Fri., March 8 at 1:00pm ET.
The 2013 Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest Is Underway

Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Rachel Carson Contest, which seeks artistic expressions that best communicate the Sense of Wonder that you feel for nature and all its bounty. For 2013, music has been added to the list of creative formats being considered; other formats include poetry, essay, photography and dance.  

Deadline: Mon., June 10, 2013. Learn more. 

Member Focus:
Jewish Council of Yonkers   

Established in 1919, the Jewish Council of Yonkers (JCY) has a well-earned reputation for being a committed and effective organization which continues to serve a vibrant and diverse city undergoing significant demographic changes.The JCY's mission is to strengthen the community, to improve the quality of our children's education, to build coalitions, and to improve relations between Yonkers' diverse ethnic, racial, and religious groups.

The Jewish Council of Yonkers has developed many community betterment programs to serve the Yonkers community. Many of these programs are run in conjunction with the Yonkers Public School System, including S.M.A.R.T. (Students and Mature Adults Read Together), an intergenerational literacy project where over 150 older adults volunteer mentor over 350 children in grades K-12, one-to-one, throughout the school year to help improve their reading levels; STACK (Students Teaching Adults Computer Knowledge) whereby high school students provide one-on-one computer training to older adults; a Scholarship Program which offers over $10,000 annually to Yonkers Public School students; Passport to Yonkers which provides third through fifth graders with the opportunity to learn the cultures, history and diversity of the City of Yonkers to foster pride and understanding about their community; and Holocaust education. The JCYl also serves over 700 seniors in its "SOS" program, reducing isolation through enrichment, education and informational programs in apartment buildings. Learn more.

Funding Opportunities
Capital Grants. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is offering capital grants for qualified organizations that provide services in: Older Adults; Workforce Development; Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families; and General Community Support. Letters of Intent received on a rolling basis. Learn more. 

 

Get Ur Good On Grants. Global Youth Service Day. $500 grants to support youth-led projects that address a demonstrated community need or issue. Deadline: March 10, 2013. Learn more. 

 

Lawrence Foundation Grants. Makes grants to US-based qualified charitable organizations, primarily those address human services, the environment, and disaster relief. Deadline: April 30. Learn more. 

 

School Turnaround Americorps FY 13 Grants. National Corporation for Community Service and Dept. of Education. Seeks proposals to strengthen and accelerate interventions in our nation's lowest-performing schools by engaging hundreds of AmeriCorps members in turnaround schools across the country. A notice of intent to apply must be submitted to the Corporation for National and Community Service by April 2, 2013 via e-mail at: americorpsgrants@cns.gov. Application deadline: April 23, 2013. Learn more.  

 

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Grants. Seeks concept papers

for innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology and the environment. Deadline: June 1, 2013. Learn more. 

 

Youth Service America (YSA) Grants. Each year, YSA supports youth-led service with over $1 million in YSA Grants. Learn more.        
Great Resources
Online Resources
New Website for Administration for Families and Children.
Offers resources about the programs, services and issues facing older adults, family caregivers, and persons with disabilities. Learn more. 
 
my Social Security. New online account allows people quick access to their personal Social Security information, including earnings record and estimates of future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits. Also enables people who already receive Social Security benefits to get updates on benefits and payments. 

Research 
Early Childhood Education as an Essential Component of Economic Development. Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst examines the long-term economic benefits that result from supporting high-quality pre-K programs, making the case for states to invest in universal preschool education. Learn more. 

The Path to a Competitive Workforce Begins with High-Quality Early Education. Strategies for Children. Contains facts and figures - both nationwide and Massachusetts-specific - on the long-term benefits of investing in preschool. Learn more. 
 

Webinars

First Generation College Students: Breaking the Cycle. National Youth Leadership Council. Discusses the barriers that first generation college students face, and how you can use the film First Generation to spread information and jump-start related service-learning projects within your community. Wed., March 6 at 7:00pm ET. Learn more.
 
Youth Changing the World 101.
Introduces YSA's brand new YOUth Changing the World: A Service Project Toolkit and helps youth leaders and their adult mentors jump right in to the planning process. Thurs., March 7 at 4:00pm ET. Register.  

Lives on the Line: Why and How Mission-Driven Leaders Are Embracing performance Management.
Perform Well (a collaboration of Child Trends, Urban Institute, and Social Solutions). Explains why an agency-level theory-of-change is a necessary starting point for organizations to gain the clarity and focus it takes to produce meaningful, measurable outcomes for the people who rely on them. Thurs., March 7 at 7:00pm ET. Register.  
Events
Conferences
Service Speaks: 2013 Annual Conference. 
Lutheran Services in America. Washington, DC. April 8 to April 11, 2013. Learn more. 

Without Limits: 24th Annual National Service-Learning Conference.
National Youth Leadership Council in partnership with Earth Force.
Denver. March 13 to 16. Learn more.
 
Fundraiser 
Between the Lines. Generations Incorporated. Fifth annual fundraiser. Boston. Thurs., May 2 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Learn more.

Seminar 
Frail Older Adults: Building a Care System. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Shares tools and best practices from organizations that have developed and tested novel solutions to caring for frail older adults. Denver. March 20 to 21. Learn more.  

Summit 
My College OptionsŪ 6th Annual Education & Youth Research Summit.  National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ and the National Collaboration for youth. Save the date: May 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. More information to follow. 

Symposium 
Early Childhood Education for the Future:The Creative Use of Public-Private Partnerships to Provide Cost-Effective, High-Quality School Readiness Programs. The Illinois State Board of Education, The Illinois Resource Center/Early Childhood Professional Development, and Loyola University Chicago Child Law and Education Institute. Chicago. Fri., March 15. Learn more.

Workshop 

Putting Youth Participatory Evaluation into Practice: Lessons learned and innovations. University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Youth Development. Shares lessons and innovations from Detroit, Mich. and other cities that use youth participatory evaluation. Examines the implications of this evaluative practice in local communities and the field of youth work. Minneapolis. Thurs., March 14 from 8:30am to 12:00 noon CT. Or, attend online.   

In the News
NPR journalist Alan Greenblatt wrote a provocative article, "Old Triumph Over Young In Federal Spending, And Sequester Makes It Worse." The article includes insights from Eric Kingson, Mark Shriver, and Donna Butts.
Read the article,

A recent LA Times article by Michael Hiltzik, "Deficit hawks' 'generational theft' argument is a sham," is a must-read.
Quote
"It [the generational equity argument] reinforces this notion that to take care of children, you have to undermine their grandparents in some way. It serves to drive wedges between groups that are very naturally joined at the hip."
Eric Kingson, professor at Syracuse University and founding co-chairman of Social Security Works
 

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